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“What a proper safari!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Serengeti National Park

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“What a proper safari!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2011

My husband and I made a marvelous trip to Serengeti national park with NaturalHighSafaris on January 1-6 2011.We searched for some kind of privacy and tried to escape conventional offers from the tour companies. We were looking for wildlife in non-touristic perspective, wanted to dive into the wildlife atmosphere as deep as possible:)

And our trip exceeded all expectations!!! NaturalHighSafaris organised it perfect! Despite we stayed in tents, it seemed to be even more luxurious as in public campsites with a row of 10-20 tents. They booked through local agent Wayo Africa. These guys established the camp for us just a week before we came with bath, special tent for lunch and dinner, private cook, scout and etc. we were the only ones(one tent)who stayed with a team of 6 people providing safari for us. The place we stayed was called Rhino Valley. This fact we discovered soon as the first day Rhino came 30 m close to the campsite:) Ultimately, we could never be so lucky to stay just in the center of wildlife as we dreamed about). "wildlife operas" with roar of lions, hyena, zibras, elephants were unforgettable!!!!

Thank victoria2206
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Sunnyvale, California
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10 reviews
14 helpful votes
“Lillac Adventures”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2010

Lillac Adventures (with TWO L's in the middle)

A group of 9 of us recently used Lillac Adventures for a custom-designed safari in Tanzania, and we have nothing but praise for the company. We admit we were hesitant at first: The company's name has TWO L's in the middle of Lillac, and there is NOTHING to be found about it on the internet (Emmanuel, the owner/manager, admits he is not very computer proficient) and it is instead confused with the Kenyan-based safari company Lilac (one L) Adventures. So without reviews, and only a friend-of-a-friend reference, we contacted them and were impressed with our interactions. While Emmanuel's English was a bit grammatically incorrect, we had no issues communicating, and he was extremely willing to work with our requests. A few of us from the group designed a general outline/itinerary of the things we wanted to see and places we wanted to go, and Emmanuel provided valuable input as to what would be feasible in the time allotted, what order of events would make the most sense, and what we could expect from the trip, including approximate daily timelines, meals, what we needed to bring. The payment process involved wiring (to Africa, are you crazy?!) a deposit, but we soon discovered that this was not at all an unusual process.The remainder of the balance was paid in cold, hard, cash upon arrival. While we were a bit uneasy carrying that much money, it was how they preferred to be paid, and there were no problems with the transaction. As a side note, anyone traveling to Tanzania should take care to try to only bring USD printed in the year 2000 or later, as Tanzania has had some issues with counterfeit older bills. They warned us of this ahead of time, so we were prepared.

Upon arrival, our guides (Michael and Kefir) met us at the Kilimanjaro airport and took us to our hotel in Arusha (Kundayo Serviced Apartments, which they had recommended and was wonderful!). After a good night's sleep, we set out the next morning on our safari to Ngorogoro Conservation Area, Ngorogoro crater, and Serengeti National Park. In short, our guides were absolutely amazing. They were flexible with what we wanted to see and do, but also gave their two cents on what would be best based on their experience, which wasn't shabby: 1.5 years of schooling/training to become a safari guide and 5+ years experience giving safaris. They knew EXACTLY where to go at what times to see the most wildlife - we never dreamed we would see so much! The abbreviated list included: ALL of the big 5 (black rhino, lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards), cheetahs, two lion hunts, mating lions (every 15 minutes like clockwork as Michael had predicted), a huge hippo pool, crocodiles, giraffes, zebras, wildabeast, warthogs, gazelles, topis, dik diks etc. Michael and Kefir went out of their way to show us anything and everything they could, but perhaps the thing I was most impressed with was their enthusiasm. They had a genuine love for what they do, which we appreciated even more when observing other guides' apathy towards their client's enjoyment. Body language and eye movement tells a lot, and looking at the other safari cars gathered around the wildlife, I could tell that some guides were completely disinterested, and I would imagine they didn't provide many explanations or much of a tour.

We also ate extremely well. Mr. Bean, our cook, traveled with us, and cooked for the days we camped. Breakfast included mini omelets, sausages (actually hot dogs in Tanzania), fruit, and biscuits/crackers/cookies or toast. Lunches at the camp were chicken or lime-wedge accompanied fish, rice, chipati (a Tanzanian-style pancake) and fruit. And dinners were three-course affairs, starting with soup, then having a main course of rice or noodles and some kind of meat (usually chicken), then a desert course of cut fruit. (Note: We didn't have any vegetarians in our group, but he asked us that before we arrived and would have accommodated it as well.)

So why is it that this awesome company and these wonderful guides/cook aren't more well-known? We later found out that the majority of Lillac Adventures' clients are Italian, primarily because Emmanuel visits travel trade shows in Italy for promotion. At the conclusion of the safari portion of our trip, we told Emmanuel what a fantastic time we'd had, and encouraged him to expand his advertising. We hope that our recount of our safari being so incredible due to Lillac will help some of you enjoy the same experiences we did.

1 Thank pbsaw03
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“Incredible Journey!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2010

We had an extraordinary trip to see one of the most beautiful places in the world. Like a real Jurassic Park, you drive among huge and elegant creatures far away from any of the everyday of life. Spending time with my children away from computers and cell phones and experiencing unbelievable beauty at a calm and gentle pace followed by comfortable accommodations changed our relationship and perspectives on the world. Whether from our open topped SUV, from an open jeep at night, by foot in the bush (with a guide!), or from the air in a hot air balloon, the experience was uniformly awe inspiring.

Our trip was thoughtfully and carefully planned by the folks at Access2Tanzania who continued to offer suggestions as our thoughts and desires evolved. Our excellent driver and guide Willy not only warmly eased any fears my children had at the beginning of the trip, he was an excellent teacher and patient guide during the trip. We saw all the animals we dreamed of seeing, often , way closer than we imagined (we could have reached out of the car to touch them!). This was no doubt the trip of a lifetime!

Thank tswdog
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San Francisco
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2 reviews
1 helpful vote
“The Serengeti - Beautiful, Vast, Worth Visiting.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2010

My boyfriend and I started in the N. Serengeti ((Mara River & Lamai Triangle), through the Central (Retina Pool,
Seronera Valley, Makoma Hill, Maasai Kopjes & Sametu Kopjes), then onto the Ngorongoro Crater - over 9 days. Time of year - Aug 2010 (tail end of the Great Migration).

Highly recommend if you want to see large quantities of game. We saw a Wildebeest crossing (thousands crossing a river), loads of Hippos in the river, large groups of elephants, zebra, buffalo, and so much more!

To truely get a sense for how vast and variant the animals, weather, culture, and life is across the Serengeti - do a cross safari trip.

1 Thank Jade093
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9 reviews
21 helpful votes
“my favorite safari”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2008

Against all advice 4 adults and 4 children set off on a self drive safari without a guide or driver for 7 nights in october 2008. We booked a stretch Landrover and lodge accommodation (2 quadruple rooms) in luxury lodges only: Lake Manyara Serena lodge, Ngorongoro Serena lodge, Serengeti Serena lodge,Mbuzi Mawe and Migration luxury tented camps saving ourselves a small fortune.
We had the basic maps of the parks but after advice sought on this forum purchased a Tracks4Africa GPS map of East Africa and a handheld Garmin GPS sat nav.
Well having done more than a dozen safaris over the past 20 years this was the best one ever-we saw most of the animals alone and used the gps to get us home often after dark or before sunrise. If I mention we saw 3 leopards,5 cheetahs,30 lion at a distance of 2 metres alon with the rest of the usual game you will realise what an outstanding time we had!

2 Thank Lawrence M
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